US Patent No: 6,165,947

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Method and composition for controlling fluid loss in high permeability hydrocarbon bearing formations

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A chemical system and method to stop or minimize fluid loss during completion of wells penetrating hydrocarbon formations are provided. The inventions relates to formulating a highly stable crosslinked hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC), control released viscosity reduction additives, and user friendly packaging. The chemical system contains a linear HEC polymer solution, a low solubility compound which slowly raises the fluid pH, a chelating agent which further increases the pH level beyond the equilibum achievable by the low solubility compound, a metal crosslinker which crosslinks HEC at elevated pH, a crosslink delaying agent which allows fluid viscosity to remain low until the fluid reaches the subterranean formation, and optionally an internal breaker. The chemical additives are packaged as an integrated pallet and transported to a field location which allows operators to conveniently mix them before pumping. There is also provided a dry granulated crosslinked polysaccharide for use as a fluid loss control agent.

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Chang, Frank F Sugar Land, TX 40 957
Parlar, Mehmet Sugar Land, TX 48 536

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Union Oil Company of California (4)
5,207,934 Crosslinked hydroxyethylcellulose and its uses 11 1992
5,335,733 Method for delaying gelation of a gelable polymer composition injected into a subterranean formation 17 1993
5,486,312 High temperature stable gels 35 1993
5,617,920 Method for modifying gelation time of organically crosslinked, aqueous gels 24 1994
 
SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (2)
5,981,447 Method and composition for controlling fluid loss in high permeability hydrocarbon bearing formations 51 1997
5,979,557 Methods for limiting the inflow of formation water and for stimulating subterranean formations 245 1997
 
ALLIED PRODUCTS CORPORATION (1)
4,505,826 Prepackaged crosslinked polymer 13 1982
 
CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY (1)
5,547,025 Process for treating oil-bearing formation 14 1995
 
DOWELL SCHLUMBERGER INCORPORATED (1)
4,797,216 Delayed crosslinker composition 23 1986
 
HALLIBURTON COMPANY (1)
4,683,954 Composition and method of stimulating subterranean formations 85 1986
 
Marathon Oil Company (1)
5,421,411 Process for reducing permeability in a subterranean hydrocarbon-bearing formation utilizing a gelation solution having a controlled gelation rate 17 1994

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (26)
6,823,939 Methods of treating subterranean zones penetrated by well bores 6 2002
7,531,484 Methods and solutions for removing HEC-based CFLA from a subterranean formation 0 2002
6,866,099 Methods of completing wells in unconsolidated subterranean zones 33 2003
7,114,570 Methods and compositions for stabilizing unconsolidated subterranean formations 27 2003
6,911,419 High temperature seawater-based cross-linked fracturing fluids and methods 6 2003
8,354,279 Methods of tracking fluids produced from various zones in a subterranean well 2 2004
7,541,318 On-the-fly preparation of proppant and its use in subterranean operations 10 2004
7,757,768 Method and composition for enhancing coverage and displacement of treatment fluids into subterranean formations 0 2004
7,883,740 Low-quality particulates and methods of making and using improved low-quality particulates 0 2004
7,448,451 Methods for controlling migration of particulates in a subterranean formation 4 2005
7,819,192 Consolidating agent emulsions and associated methods 9 2006
7,673,686 Method of stabilizing unconsolidated formation for sand control 3 2006
7,500,521 Methods of enhancing uniform placement of a resin in a subterranean formation 4 2006
7,934,557 Methods of completing wells for controlling water and particulate production 1 2007
8,017,561 Resin compositions and methods of using such resin compositions in subterranean applications 0 2007
8,071,511 Methods for stimulating oil or gas production using a viscosified aqueous fluid with a chelating agent to remove scale from wellbore tubulars or subsurface equipment 2 2007
7,712,531 Methods for controlling particulate migration 0 2007
8,443,885 Consolidating agent emulsions and associated methods 1 2007
7,571,767 High porosity fractures and methods of creating high porosity fractures 8 2007
8,613,320 Compositions and applications of resins in treating subterranean formations 0 2008
7,766,099 Methods of drilling and consolidating subterranean formation particulates 4 2008
7,926,591 Aqueous-based emulsified consolidating agents suitable for use in drill-in applications 3 2009
7,762,329 Methods for servicing well bores with hardenable resin compositions 7 2009
8,167,045 Methods and compositions for stabilizing formation fines and sand 0 2009
7,963,330 Resin compositions and methods of using resin compositions to control proppant flow-back 0 2009
8,720,568 Swellable/degradable “sand” plug system for horizontal wells 0 2010
 
SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (7)
6,569,814 Fluids and techniques for hydrocarbon well completion 161 2000
7,199,084 Concentrated suspensions 3 2002
6,938,693 Methods for controlling screenouts 45 2002
7,427,584 Treating composition 2 2002
7,972,998 Dry blend fracturing fluid additives 0 2004
7,304,019 Concentrated suspensions 3 2006
8,673,826 Dry blend fracturing fluid additives 0 2011
 
BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED (3)
7,226,895 Drilling fluid systems for reducing circulation losses 6 2004
7,086,469 Increasing reaction efficiency of acetic acid 1 2004
7,507,692 Methods for reducing circulation loss during drilling operations 1 2006
 
TUCC TECHNOLOGY, LLC (3)
6,800,593 Hydrophilic polymer concentrates 22 2002
7,211,546 Method of increasing the low shear rate viscosity of well drilling and servicing fluids containing calcined magnesia bridging solids, the fluids and methods of use 3 2004
7,214,647 Method of increasing the low shear rate viscosity of well drilling and servicing fluids containing calcined magnesia bridging solids, the fluids and methods of use 2 2004
 
WEATHERFORD/LAMB, INC. (3)
6,810,960 Methods for increasing production from a wellbore 12 2002
7,320,365 Methods for increasing production from a wellbore 8 2004
7,813,935 System for evaluating over and underbalanced drilling operations 0 2005
 
BJ SERVICES COMPANY (2)
6,756,345 Well service composition and method 52 2001
7,067,459 Well stimulation compositions 6 2004
 
BENCHMARK RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
6,737,386 Aqueous based zirconium (IV) crosslinked guar fracturing fluid and a method of making and use therefor 15 2000
 
E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY (1)
7,122,690 Process to prepare metal complex of N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)glycine 1 2006
 
KENT, ROBERT A. (1)
8,689,872 Methods and compositions for controlling formation fines and reducing proppant flow-back 0 2007
 
TYCO FIRE PRODUCTS LP (1)
8,725,457 System and method for evaluation of fluid flow in a piping system 0 2009